Self Catering Holidays

The beginning of the year is a time for planning Self Catering Holidays. Where would you like to go this year? At Sandcastle Cottage, we’ve been busy thinking of ideas to entice you to include the East Neuk of Fife as one of your self catering holidays.

We’ve been collecting links on our Pinterest boards to give you a quick snapshot of things to do, places to visit and places to eat and drink on your holiday in the East Neuk, so please take a look .

Self Catering Holidays – Low Season Breaks 

We look forward to welcoming guests to Sandcastle Cottage in the low season. From April 2024  we are offering weekly  breaks starting on a Friday or a Monday. 

If you need school holiday dates, they’re different in different parts of the country.  From Sandcastle Cottage you can walk the Fife Coastal Path, visit parks or spend a day in St Andrews.  We’ve collected ideas for restaurants to visit if you want to eat out, or ideas for self-catering to help you plan your trip.  No need to bring food with you to Crail.

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Snowdrops at Cambo Garden

Spring Breaks – April and May

In springtime, Kellie Castle opens again – you’ll find details about opening times here. We love the walled garden and grounds (open all year round). There are Open Studios open in East Neuk to add to the array of galleries and artists’ workshops. Check out our walks page where you will find a range of walks from coastal walks on the Fife Coastal Path or short or long country walks helping you to discover some of the East Neuk’s hidden gems.

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Victoria Gardens Crail

Summer Breaks – June

Time for the Crail Food Festival, June can also be an opportunity for those who don’t need school holidays to take a summer break.  Find out some ideas for things to do for the Under-5s if you’re looking for inspiration.  June is also popular with families coming for graduation ceremonies at the University of St Andrews.

Why not plan some great days out to other parts of Fife. Check out our blog for some great ideas. If it rains we have some tips and suggestions for making the most of a rainy day.

Self Catering Holidays – Summer Breaks – July and August

We offer weekly or fortnightly breaks in July and August, starting on a Friday (mostly), but a weekly minimum also allows you to book a 10 night break Fri – Fri – Mon or an 11-night break Mon-Mon-Fri. A great time for family holidays.  Take a look at ideas for Beaches in Fife: Elie and Kingsbarns are favourites.  It’s the time for the East Neuk Festival (early July), Crail Festival (last 2 weeks in July) and the Pittenweem Arts Festival (Early August)

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Artist at work Pittenweem Arts Festival

Autumn Breaks – September, October 

As summer fades and autumn arrives.  A great time for enjoying walks by the shore on the Fife Coastal Path the longest coastal footpath in Scotland, and treating yourself to a break if you don’t need school holiday dates.  A time for inspirational music of all genres at St Andrews Voices. The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship takes place in St Andrews and Kingsbarns. The month of November, culminates with the St Andrew’s Day celebrations.

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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Kingsbarns

If you would like to find out more about holidays in Crail and the East Neuk of Fife then click on our website and read more of our blogs at

Or here are some links that may be of help in the planning stage

25 Things to do in the East Neuk of Fife

14 things to do when it rains

Active Fife for Teenagers

Walking the Fife Coastal Path Our Guide

Sandy & Susan’s Walks Around Crail

Cycling Routes in the Area

A Day Out to St Andrews. and our free Historical Walking tour

East Neuk of Fife Travel Guide

Self Catering Holidays – Stay at Sandcastle Cottage Crail

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I guarantee you will be amazed by what there is to see and do in the area for everyone.

We look forward to welcoming you to Sandcastle Cottage.

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